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healthcare. >>> cancellations are piling up at the airports. there are 124 delays across the country. the faa and airlines say the delays are the result of budget cuts and furloughs forced by the federal sequester. yesterday more than 1,200 flights were delayed. about 10% of the faa's air traffic controller's work force were required to take an unpaid day off. joining me now, the president and chief executive of airlines for america. thank you for your time. >> thank you for having me. >> i've seen a couple of reports disputing whether these delays we saw yesterday were normal. some allegedly weather-related. as i understand it, you believe. >> not all of them are because of the sequester. we're keeping as close track as we can based on the information from the faa. which are sequester-related and which are not. the point is these delays are increasing today as we speak and we think will continue based upon the fax's forecast to snow ball as time goes on. >> can you give me a percentage, at least today, for example? i said there are about 1,200 flights delayed. do we know what percentage you believe were canc
of flight delays, as the faa scrambles to make due with fewer air traffic controllers. some of the nation's busiest airports fell behind because federal budget cuts have resulted in furloughs across the faa. delays are ranging from 15 minutes to several hours. >>> the record rainfall and flooding that's inundating much of the midwest is far from over. in peoria, the illinois river is cresting today, expected to hit nearly 30 feet. the problem is flood stage is only 18 feet. mississippi and other river towns are seeing similar swamping. near st. louis, more than 100 barges broke free, some smashing into bridges. at least ten of them sank. >>> and there's evidence that we are not exaggerating about the water levels. here it is. take a look at a fish swimming by someone's office window. that's in grand rapids. the river there crested at nearly 22 feet. >> my goodness. >> yikes. >>> today's forecast for the flood zone won't be a welcome one. plan on plenty of rain stretching from south texas all the way to the great lakes. and in the northern-most spots it will be snowing again today. as much
travel season. delays at laguardia, newark, charlotte. the faa on monday blamed staffing and weather and says staffing challenges at regional centers led to ground delays and more spacing between flights around the country. it's the first time the public has felt the impact of across the board budget cuts from the sequester. >> it's already bad enough when they have their regular delays so i can't imagine being stuck here for three hours and not knowing what's going to be next. >> in certain places i believe cutbacks should not be happening. >> i think it's horrible. there's enough problems dealing with delays and security and weather and other things when you're flying. i think they should furlough the president and congress. >> reporter: the faa claims it had no choice but to put 15,000 controllers on unpaid furloughs, which means 10% fewer of them working each day. the agency said that could mean delays of 3 1/2 hours in atlanta, more than 2 hours in chicago, and 1:20 in laguardia. the airlines are furious and argue there are other places to cut. >> the air traffic controllers hav
an hour long. >> reporter: the faa is blaming the delays on across-the-board budget cuts which, it says, forced it on to furlough 15,000 air traffic controllers and other workers and were spacing out flights in the name of safety. several hundred flights delayed, less than the agency's prediction of 6,700 daily flight delays. but transportation secretary ray lahood warns abc, we might see an airplane apocalypse yet. >> we did not take into account weather activities. these delays could get extended beyond the 60 to 90 minutes. >> reporter: late monday, i decided to investigate the delays myself. taking a round-trip from miami -- not bad. taking off about 25 minutes late. to orlando -- it looks like we're about to take off about 50 minutes late. not too bad given the circumstances. and back. now, a lot of folks back in there gripe that probably the airports that the politicians and congressmen use, washington national, probably didn't have too many delays. it did. delays up to two hours. airline analysts say if this persists through the summer, we could see ticket prices start to rise. r
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